Germany may reintroduce conscription if defense of NATO borders needed – reports

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
By Paul Martin
23 Aug, 2016

The German government may revive nationwide conscription in times of crisis, such as situations in which the country needs to “defend NATO’s external borders,” according to local media citing a controversial paper drafted by the Interior Ministry.

The so-called “Civil Defense Concept,” which is due to be discussed by the German cabinet on Wednesday, mainly focuses on fulfilling Germany’s obligations to defend NATO’s external border.

However, the controversial proposal to revive conscription does not lie on the surface and can only be found buried in a section entitled “Civil support for the armed forces,” according to DPA news agency.

“Quick and reliable delivery of mail especially important for the Bundeswehr (in particular, call-up papers and notices of performance in times of reintroduction of conscription) is ensured under Post- and Telecommunications Safety Act,” reads the draft cited by DPA.

Conscription was suspended in Germany in 2011 after long-standing debates in the government and society, with advocacy groups and experts arguing that it was no longer necessary for the country to maintain a large Cold War-era standing army to defend Europe from a perceived Soviet threat.

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